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Maybe you’re planning a trip without the kids or your friends want to have a mountain getaway. Either way, you need to know about some fun things to do in Gatlinburg! Contrary to popular belief, the Smoky Mountains aren’t just a family destination! They’re fun for singletons, couples, groups, and everyone in between! If you’re searching for some fun activities for adults to enjoy, look no further than these 5 best Gatlinburg attractions for adults!

1. Go Moonshine Tasting

sugarlands distillery in gatlinburgAssuming everyone is of legal drinking age, moonshine tasting is a fun experience in the Smokies! Gatlinburg is home to some of the most popular distilleries, including Ole Smoky, Sugarlands Distilling Company, and Tennessee Shine Co. All of these distilleries have signature flavors you can taste for a small $5 fee, and you might just find a new spirit to take home with you! They also offer tours of their facilities so you can learn a little more about their process and products!

2. Explore the Wineries

Another Gatlinburg attraction for adults is exploring wineries in the area! There is a Gatlinburg Wine Trail where you can visit each of the shops on the list and receive a couple of free gifts, as well as free wine, but there are also several wineries that aren’t on the trail you could try! Here are some of the best wineries in Gatlinburg to check out:

  • Tennessee Homemade Wines
  • Gatlinburg Wine Cellar
  • Tennessee Cider Company
  • Sugarland Cellars
  • Little Bear Winery
  • Smoky Mountain Winery

3. Relax at Anakeesta

anakeesta in gatlinburg tennesseeIf you’re on vacation in the Smokies to let loose and melt all the stress of everyday life away, then you should grab tickets and hop aboard the chair lift to get to the top of Anakeesta! This mountaintop adventure park offers all kinds of unique experiences, from their innovative light display Astra Lumina to Dueling Ziplines that race you and a friend down the mountainside at the same time. You can also fly through the air on the mountain coasters or browse through the shops to find some souvenirs. To take in the most insane views, you should climb to the top of Anavista Tower, then grab a bite at one of the snack shops! Anakeesta has so much to offer, and it’s a great place for adults to hang out!

4. See the Views at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

One of the most popular Gatlinburg attractions for adults is Gatlinburg SkyLift Park. The orange and yellow chairlift is iconic and takes you to the top of the mountain for even more fun! The SkyDeck provides guests with breathtaking views of the mountains you won’t be able to get anywhere else, as well as photo and rest opportunities. Brave heights along the SkyBridge as you cross the glass panels, and then see even more gorgeous views as you walk along the SkyTrail! You’ll make tons of memories visiting this adventure park!

5. Enjoy Dinner and Drinks With Us

The Greenbrier dining roomTo end one (or more) of your days on the adults only trip to Gatlinburg, you should eat dinner and enjoy drinks with us! We’re the only restaurant in town that has dry aged steaks for an elevated flavor. Your mouth will water as soon as you smell the Kona rubbed pork chop, crispy skin salmon over beet risotto, or lamb loin crusted in pistachios. To go with your entree of choice, you choose from dozens of whiskeys, bourbons, or wines. If you’re a mixed drink person, the Dylan is our signature cocktail, but we also have several others, including the Lydia and the Crockett. No matter what you decide to order, you’ll have a great time eating and drinking with us!

These are just some of the best Gatlinburg attractions for adults you’ll want to experience when you’re in town. After a full day of exploring downtown, you’ll be ready to eat with us. Make a reservation so you don’t miss out on the best food you’ll have in Gatlinburg!


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